EBU-Committee of European Affairs
Since 2008 the Chair of Committee, Gabriela Frey and EBU-delegates are assuring the presence of Buddhists on European institutional level.
In Strasbourg, the EBU’s Committee of European Affairs works with around 300 other European non-profit organizations, within the Conference of INGOs (CINGO) at the Council of Europe (CoE) the only intergovernmental organization in the world in which civil society enjoys participatory status instead of merely consultative status. Thanks to Gabriela Frey the EBU has been granted participatory status in 2008. Together with Michel Aguilar they ensured and enhanced the work of the EBU within the CINGO.
Current topics on the Conference of INGO’s three thematic committee’s agenda include: Intercultural cities; Participation in political decision-making; A task force to comply the CoE’s Europe Gender Equality Strategy; Protection of the rights to freedom of association in closing civic spaces; Implementation and protection of the European Social Charter in times of crisis, combatting poverty as well as on digital citizenship and much more.
The EBU is also invited to the Council of Europe Annual Exchange on the Religious Dimension of Intercultural Dialogue.
EBU’s presence in European Institutions
In Brussels, the EBU has signed up the transparency register of the European Parliament & the European Commission. Since the signing of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009 enshrining in primary law structural dialogue between dialogue between the EU and religions and schools of thought, EBU-representatives are regularly invited to conferences and ‘high-level meetings with European religious leaders to discuss the future of Europe’.
The EBU has also been asked to contribute to exchanges with experts by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) based in Vienna and specialized in providing advice to EU-Institutions and its member states. FRA works closely with its partners (EU, Council of Europe, Civil Society, UN etc.) at all levels of Europe to ensure that their activities are relevant to current fundamental rights issues and future trends.